CEO of Nigerian bank 1 of 6 killed in San Bernardino County helicopter crash

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

6 killed in helicopter crash in the desert A helicopter crashed in the desert near Halloran Springs in San Bernardino, killing all six people on board. Nigerian finance officials said three of those on board were the CEO of a Nigerian bank as well as his wife and son.SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. – Six people were killed Friday night, after a helicopter crashed in San Bernardino County, according to officials, including the CEO of a Nigerian bank and his wife and son. The Eurocopter EC 130 helicopter crashed around Halloran Springs Rd. near Baker, California, around 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. There was a reported rain and snowstorm at the time of the crash. According to officials, the helicopter had taken off from Palm Springs and was headed toward Boulder City, Nevada. While officials originally reported that there were “several” fatalities as a result of the crash, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Saturday that all six people onboard the aircraft had died.  Authorities at the scene of the helicopter crash in San Bernardino County. Law enforcement hadn’t identified any of those on board, but Nigerian banking officials confirmed the deaths of Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Bank, his wife and son, and Bimbo Ogunbanjo, former chair of NGX Group, the Nigerian stock exchange. Their deaths were confirmed Saturday by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian finance minister who is now the director-general of the World Trade Organization. The identities of the other two people on board were not confirmed. The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating what caused the crash. In a press conference Saturday night, officials said the helicopter did not have a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder, nor was it required to. No further information is available at this time. The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a developing news story. Stay with FOX 11 for the latest.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.